Brewed by Bavik-De Brabandere
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Harelbeke, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 1056   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Top-fermented dark beer brewed with the finest hops and malt varieties. Matured on oaken barrels during 20 months. Serve by preference at 8 to 12 deg. C.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Very unique beer experience. Pours brown with huge head that is moderately retained. There is heavy lacing. Aroma is of cherries and oak. Flavor is initially sweet and finishes sour. This is not what I expected, but it is quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
Brown with ruby hints, not much head. Oak, cherry, apples and cheese aroma. Woody flavor, a hint of caramel, and maybe some mushrooms. Tart but I expected a bit more because of the aroma. Thank you Todd for the beer and hospitality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2003
Deep reddish brown w/ light brown head. Sweet, tannic, lightly fruity (cherry) nose. Light, slightly acidic feel. Malty w/ fruit (cherries, blackberries), caramel & chocolate(?). Some sourness giving the beer a vinous, oakish quality. Dry, light finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbastard (679) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2003
This poured murky brown with a light tan head that dissipated early. Has a woody brown surgar nose. Smooth blend of sweet and tartness or acidic taste with toffee. Quit refreshing, has dimension to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7879) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
Dark red-brown. Thick yellowish head, fast disappearing. Lactic acid, besides old wet wood in the nose, vineous. Restrained acids (lactic mainly) in the taste, some wood, and some port – but much drier. Complex fruit tastes, light sweet underbuild. Dry, a bit empty. Long woody finish. A quite good old brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CatoctinMike (9) - Sabillasville, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2003 does not count
Nice head and beutiful color. Lacks the fruity sourness of the other Belgian sour ales. Flat dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (2817) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2003
So I buy this expecting a dubbel (it's a brown ale from Belgium). I pour it in a chalice, take a whiff, and whew! this smells a touch sour. Is it supposed to be this sour?

I log on to ratebeer. Yes, it is supposed to be this sour. It's a Flemish sour ale fer crissakes!

Anyway, Petrus pours a nice garnet brown color. Little lacing but a nice quarter inch of head lingers throughout. Somewhat sour nose with a bit of cherry. The sourness, though surprising to me, was not at all overwhelming and not the least bit bad. Sort of a cranberry type of sourness rather than any sort of foul vinegar kind of deal. Refreshing and light bodied with gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dI5tIL (15) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2003
Nice dark red brown colour. Aroma is musty and vinous with cherry tones. Head retention is sorely lacking. Flavour is a bit thin and not overly acidic. This beer is hardly exceptional the way this kind of beer can be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shorlin (639) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAR 31, 2003
Very small fizzy head, with little lacing. Colour is a medium ro dark red. Aroma dominated by fruit: prune, date and cherry. Also some red wine in there, Kind of sourish, but not too much. Nice and easy going beer. Body is kind of light and kind of dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2003
WOW! thick and opaque, ruby hinted brown body. Really dark solid body with hints of ruby. Very tiny bubbles, thick creamy tan head. Yeasty, Yeasty, Yeasty. Some dried fruits and alcohol as well. Citrusy and spicy, a bit metallic, rather sour. wierd, but it is a sour ale i guess

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